DAY 16
of the 30-Day Blog Challenge, 2011
Three Cs of happiness: chocolate, cake, and cookies.
The TKO giant cream-filled cookie from Bouchon Bakery.

 Here’s something I’ve only told my husband this morning, a secret that I’ve kept for almost four months now: I haven’t had chocolate since April 27 of this year. That’s right, not a single piece, sliver, or wedge of heavenly cocoa.

I also haven’t had a cookie or any cake topped with frosting since that day, for that matter.
Now, this will come as a surprise to those who know me well, because I’ve had chocolate almost everyday for as long as I can remember. The only other times I’d consciously skipped it for more than one day were 1) my failed attempts at Atkins and South Beach back in 2004 (at some point, I found the ABS Diet that lets one have dark chocolate and ice cream and I’ve been on it ever since) and 2) certain Fridays of Lent wherein, being sort of vegetarian, I’d chosen to abstain from chocolate instead of meat. The funny thing about the latter is that on those days, I would wait up until midnight so I could have dessert and by then it would be Saturday. Totally defeats the noble and spiritual purpose, I know.
This is how an Oreo cookie would look like if it had gone to Paris.
Holding a “Dirty” cupcake from
Sweet Revenge.
This chocolate hiatus started as a no-dessert experiment which, obviously poses a serious challenge for someone like me who has a sweet tooth. The compromise was to only have sweet things that grew from the earth, or at least weren’t placed in a hearth, cooled, and topped with dollops of creamed butter and sugar. Suffice it to say, I’ve had countless yogurt parfaits and yogurt everything from the time I decided to give up chocolate. I also have a keener appreciation these days for coffee gelato and green tea ice cream.
Yes, there are many ways around this no-chocolate thing that I’m doing. Why did I even start it, you may ask. For several reasons, the first being, it occurred to me one day that what could be a quaint love affair with sugar and the cacao bean may possibly be a full-blown addiction. I do get a delirious high whenever I ingest anything tinged with chocolate. I was listening to an audiobook by inspirational author, Dr. Wayne Dyer, and what he said about overcoming addiction called out to me. I don’t remember what he said verbatim, but it has something to do with one’s frame of mind and a paradigm shift.
Second, well, I’m sure many of you can relate to praying for something, fervently asking God’s help, and, as a bargaining chip, you offer to hold your end of the deal by doing something challenging, or even noble. And, yes, I’m still keeping parts of that a secret.
Third, it boils down to health and wellness. Just like initially cutting out red meat as a novelty, it eventually became a convenient wellness approach to adopt. Don’t get me wrong, it will be extremely difficult to turn down a slice of Ms. Polly’s chocolate cake (four of which were among our seven cakes at the wedding!). And, if my husband hands over a slice, for sure I will indulge.